Last weekend our family participated in our annual family campout (this year we had 124 people, 92 of them were children). While playing in the woods, Alyssa (13) and one of her friends found this beautiful caterpillar.
He is a Hickory Horned Devil and according to the park ranger they spoke with, this will be the first logged sighting of one of these beauties in the area. (That was pretty cool for all the homeschoolers present.)
He evidently squeezes tightly with his feet as he crawls along your hand, but many of the girls took turns holding him. One day he will turn into a Regal Moth. Have you seen the size of those things?
Our rule is that if a critter, other than a mosquito, is outside, we don’t harm it. However, if it’s inside it will be promptly exterminated.
If Alyssa spots any misguided creature that may have inadvertently wandered inside, whether it be a moth (which is probably eating our flour), a fly or one of those horrible cave crickets which insist on infesting our basement, she enacts her capture and release program. She just can’t handle any of those creatures being killed.
In other news, our campsite bordered a steep drop off down into a gully with a creek running at the bottom.
While it was steep, it wasn’t worrisome during the daylight because the kids could navigate up and down. However, once it was dark…
The first night as we were sitting around the campfire a group of girls, 8-12ish, decided to put their camp chairs at the edge of the drop off. Their chairs were placed on that level-ish ground in the foreground of the picture below.
See that drop off?
Isabella (3) decided to go visit her sisters who were part of the group and, as she was climbing up onto the chair, tipped it over and tumbled out backwards.
She had just left my side so when I heard crying coming from such a long way away, I didn’t think it could possibly be her.
However, it was. She tumbled about halfway down the ‘cliff’ and while she was quite frightened, she was unhurt. We’re thankful for God’s protection.
That was enough excitement to last me the whole trip and thankfully my kids agreed.
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